It's one thing to claw your way to the top of the lightsaber-swinging heap -- to let Yoda ride in your backpack and relentlessly crush your self-esteem the old-fashioned way. It's something else entirely, however, to cheat the system and un-balance the Force with your ill-gotten loots. The latter, BioWare claims, is the reason it can justify controversial temporary bans handed out to lower level SWTOR players who've ventured to the level 40 planet of Ilum. But is that really all there is to it?
“A smaller number of accounts were warned or temporarily suspended for exploiting loot containers on Ilum,” senior online community manager Stephen Reid wrote on the game's official forums. “To be completely clear, while players may choose to travel to Ilum earlier than the recommended level (40+) and may loot containers if they can get to them, in the cases of those customers that were warned or temporarily suspended, they were systematically and repeatedly looting containers in very high numbers resulting in the game economy becoming unbalanced.”
“It's important to remember that our Terms of Service team is extremely careful and thorough in their investigation of any potential exploit or unusual activity in-game. Working closely with the development team and using extensive metrics based on player activity, they are able to determine what is normal player activity, what is unusual and what is exploiting. Our goal is always to ensure a fair game experience for all players while also protecting the rights of individuals, and if people are disrupting the play experience for others action will be taken.”
So basically, BioWare draws the line, and players only find out after they've crossed it. However, as RockPaperShotgun points out, players aren't the only ones to blame here. BioWare left a door open, and players strolled right in. So, is it fair to give players a tap on the wrist with the ol' banhammer for that? Here's hoping this is only temporary red tape while BioWare hammers out a real solution. If not, well, we wonder if EA has a small thermal exhaust port that's hilariously susceptible to X-Wing fire. Why? Oh, no reason.